When it comes to reliable rainy day activities, coloring is queen. Can you name an easier way to boost creativity, build focus, and make something beautiful all at the same time? We bet you can’t! Coloring has even been proven to have anxiety relieving benefits for both kids and adults. That’s right: scientists have studied it! Coloring is a tried and true way to help the brain relax by giving it a low-stakes task that’s tranquil and fun. Some studies have even shown that certain types of coloring can help you reach a state of mindfulness similar to meditation!
Here are eight of our favorite free coloring pages you can download, print, and give to your kids:
Draw Nature Scenes with Bob Ross
Can you draw happy little clouds, tall mountains, and the trees you see in nature—just the way you see them? Practice drawing nature scenes with these prompts from Bob Ross: My First Book of Nature.
Make Dragon Friends
Dragons can be great friends . . . most of the time. Help your dragon friends remember how to be good friends with a few deep breaths and some calming words, and you and your dragon can learn how to be best friends forever.
What’s better than one unicorn? How about FOUR unicorns AND a disco ball?! Once you’re done coloring in all the party guests, don’t forget to draw them a buffet of drinks and snacks so they don’t get hungry or thirsty. (Psst: we hear unicorns love cupcakes!)
Make Happy Accidents with Bob Ross
In painting, we don’t make mistakes, we just have happy accidents.
Can you help Bob Ross and Peapod turn their happy accidents
into works of art? Draw what you imagine on Bob and Peapod’s canvases
on these coloring pages.
Drag Queen Family Portrait
The hips on the drag queen go swish, swish, swish! This page collects the faces of all the fabulous queens featured in the bestselling picture book featured on The Ellen Degeneres Show. Give your queens a little glitz and a little glam to make those portraits pop!
Draw Something GROSS!
What’s falling out of that trash can? How many disgusting bugs are in the jar? Which types of creatures live on planet slime? Sure to produce giggles, these sheets prompt kids to doodle the yuckiest things they can think of.
Freaky, Funky Fish
Debra Kempf Shumaker’s Freaky, Funky Fish is full of mind-boggling facts about the strangest creatures in the sea. Here are two of her favorites in need of a little color: the mudskipper and the flying fish.
Breathing and Drawing
Your mind can be a busy place! This creative exercise encourages kids to breathe deeply and think about the mind-body connection–all while coloring!
Illustrated by Bob Ross
The second official board book featuring Bob Ross's stunning, iconic paintings with a special nod to the natural world.
Happy little clouds. Tall, snow-capped mountains. River rocks. The beauty of nature is everywhere. Bob Ross: My First Book of Nature is an early concept board book featuring various Bob Ross paintings and some of Bob's little quips about all of the beautiful sights seen in nature and that he painted in front of TV audiences. Full of real paintings from the iconic artist, this follow up to Bob Ross: My First Book of Colors is sure to be a hit for any Bob Ross fan.
Illustrated by Diane Ewen
Dragons can be great friends . . . most of the time.
Dragons always know the best games to play, the perfect way to toast a marshmallow, and how to get that cookie out of a cookie jar undetected. While dragons can be good friends, they sometimes forget how. They can yell, stomp their feet, shoot flames out of their mouths, and not be a very good listener. It can be hard to be friends with a dragon, but with some deep breaths and calming words, you and your dragon can learn how to be best friends forever.
Illustrated by Bob Ross
Illustrated by Jason Kayser
Bob Ross and Peapod the Squirrel are back in an officially licensed picture book celebrating happy little accidents and the joy of painting.
A giant paint splotch becomes the basis for a beautiful landscape in the sequel to Bob Ross and Peapod the Squirrel. Using Bob's famous quote about making "happy accidents," Bob and Peapod create beautiful works of peaceful, serene art throughout the book as they move from one happy accident to the next.
by Lexie Castle
Illustrated by Christian Cornia
Celebrate all things sparkly, including unicorn poop, with this rainbow-filled, humorous story!
Did you know that when a unicorn poops, rainbows arch across the sky? And when they toot, shiny bubbles float all around! What happens when a unicorn sneezes or spits or cries? More magical whimsy occurs when unicorns do all these things, of course.
Illustrated by Olga de Dios Ruiz
Creepy, crawly, dirty, grimy, smelly, and scream-worthy, this full-color Doodle book is filled with all things disgustingly funny. Grossly delightful scenes only need the addition of slugs, bugs, snot, and poo to be complete. And better to be explored on paper than in real life!
Illustrated by Claire Powell
From zapping, stinging, even singing, to playing dead or having a see-through head, discover the interesting things different fish do to survive in this delightful non-fiction picture book.
Fish have fins and gills and tails. All fish swim and most have scales. But not all fish act or look the same. From zapping, stinging, even singing, Freaky, Funky Fish: Odd Facts about Fascinating Fish is an adorable picture book with a scientific—and child-friendly—underpinning. With examples of different fish for each description, as well as extensive backmatter explaining the fascinating science behind these variety of fish, this funky book captures the wonder of our ecosystem.
Illustrated by Izzy Burton
Wellness expert Mallika Chopra speaks to a younger audience in this new picture book about feeling emotions in your body through color.
In wellness expert Mallika Chopra’s debut picture book, she helps children imagine a rainbow of colors radiating from their body and combines this color connection with breathing exercises to help them relieve stress, tension, fears, and sadness and to feel happier and more at peace. My Body Is a Rainbow, adapted from her middle grade guidebook Just Feel, is sure to be a go-to resource for parents, caregivers, and educators to help preschool-aged children feel safe, creative, strong, loved, unique, wise, and perfect just the way they are.